THE countdown is on. It’s two days to Christmas. So everyone is doing last-minute shopping and getting things ready for the grand celebration. But must you labor over what to serve when you can gift yourself with the convenience of simply ordering what you want and just relax and enjoy yourself?
Here are some Christmas treats to consider:
A ROYAL CHRISTMAS
Celebrate the holidays at InterContinental Manila and make it merrier with tempting offers. For holiday gift-giving, there are Sweet Gifts and Elegant Hampers. Choices include a fine selection of bakery delights, pastries, gingerbread houses and other holiday sweets from The Jeepney Bakery, such as Traditional Yule Logs in Pistachio, Chocolate and Coffee flavors, Marzipan Stollen, Panettone and Belgian chocolate confections. If it’s Christmas hampers you need, InterCon’s are made of elegant leather gift boxes and filled with carefully selected festive goodies, available in three sizes.
If you’re planning to dine in on Christmas Eve, Prince Albert Rotisserie will welcome you with an exceptional 6-course set dinner paired with the finest wines put together by Executive Chef Alisdair Bletcher and his team of culinary experts. You can also reserve a table for New Year’s Eve dinner. For a more casual holiday dining experience, there’s a sumptuous buffet at Café Jeepney and set menu selections at Gambrinus Bar and Sol Y Sombra.
InterCon has also made available savory Take Aways, such as Prince Albert’s signature Roast U.S. Aberdeen Angus Prime Rib, Roast Turkey, Honey Glazed Ham and Roast Chicken Relleno. You need to order 48 hours in advance, though, so if it’s what you want for Noche Buena or Media Noche, call 793-7000.
If it’s festive modern Filipino food you fancy for your Christmas food with family and friends, Sentro 1771 has just the right holiday take-outs for you.
Selections include Arroz a la Valenciana (Filipino-style paella, which is rice cooked with coconut milk, turmeric, pork, chicken, chorizo and bell pepper), available in regular size, which is good for 10, at Php950, and in large size, which is good for 15, at Php1,450; Sautéed Lengua with Mushroom Salpicao (tender-to-the-bite ox tongue slightly fried in olive oil and topped with seasoned mushrooms and a flavorful sauce), priced at Php2,200 for an order good for 10 and at Php3,300 for an order that’s good for 15; and Keso Flan (famous Filipino cheesecake that looks like leche flan, feels like cheesecake and tastes like bibingka when eaten together with salted egg and queso de bola), for Php510 (good for 10).
To order, call Sentro 1771-Greenbelt at 757-3941 or Sentro 1771-Serendra at 856-0581.
There’s no better way to keep the Filipino Christmas tradition alive than to feast on well-loved, festive native cuisine with family and friends, and so Richmonde Hotel Ortigas serves up classic Filipino-themed holiday buffets at the Richmonde Café. It offers Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet and Christmas Day Lunch Buffet for only Php1,200nett, inclusive of bottomless iced tea, with awesome savory selections on the buffet spread, such as Callos ala Madrilena, Lengua Estofado, Chicken Pastel, Bulalo Soup, Beef Caldereta, Steamed Lapu-Lapu, Paella and Lechon.
For its New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Buffet, priced at Php1,400nett, scrumptious international favorites take over the buffet spread. These include Roast Prime Rib, Lamb with Beer Sauce, Broiled Salmon with Basil Cream Sauce, Risotto di Mare, Prune Clafoutis and Yuletide Croquembouche. The price already includes party favors and a choice of bottomless iced tea or glass of red or white wine.
The good news is that children aged 6 to 12 get a 50% discount and children aged 5 and below get to eat for free.
For inquiries and reservations, call 638-7777 extension 3409.
JAPANESE STYLE PARTY
Adding a touch of modern Japanese cuisine to the Christmas celebration is KarateKid, which offers new Party Platters set menus. Great choices for your own celebrations are Garlic Shrimp Ebiko Pasta priced at Php849, Japanese Bolognese with Meatballs Pasta at Php769 and Yakisoba Platter at Php449 (all good for 8 persons); Gyoza Platter for Php350 (18 pieces of fried dumpling goodness), Tonkatsu Platter priced at Php520 (which can serve up to 10 people), Mixed Maki Platter (50 pieces of mixed makis), and California Maki Platter (choice of 25 or 40 servings of California Maki). The Mixed Maki Platter can be had for Php599, while the prices for the California Maki Platters are Php379 for 25 pieces and Php494 for 40 pieces.
All Party Platter sets come with a free 1.5L bottle of Pepsi beverages for every Php1,000 worth of purchase. These Party Platters are available in all KarateKid branches, except the Enchanted Kingdom branch.
Holiday Inn & Suites Makati brings color to the holiday season with festive offerings designed to bring happiness to the young and the young at heart, so available until January 5, 2014, are special room accommodation and food & beverage offers.
Those who are looking for a special place to spend the Christmas season this year, particularly on December 31, 2013, can stay at any of Holiday Inn & Suites Makati’s deluxe rooms and suites and get a 50% discount when the stay is extended for another night. The rate of overnight accommodation starts at Php8,888nett, inclusive of buffet breakfast, free Internet, tickets to the countdown party and guaranteed late check-out of until 3:00 p.m. the following day – and with the hotel’s Kids Stay and Eat Free program, it will be a great celebration for the family.
When it comes to F&B offerings, Holiday Inn & Suites Bakery has come up with a playful selection of edible holiday gifts, including Santa- or Bell-shaped Belgian chocolates, cupcakes, Krookies and Christmas cakes.
For special dining moments with family and friends, the hotel’s Flavors Restaurant presents an assortment of dishes from all around the world in one buffet feast for Christmas Eve Dinner and New Year’s Eve Dinner for Php1,500++ per person. You can also opt to watch the sky light up with multiple fireworks on New Year’s Eve at Holiday Inn’s roofdeck bar, Oz Bar, by joining the Countdown Party at Php950 nett, which is inclusive of unlimited drinks, pass-around cocktails and entertainment.
For inquiries or reservations, call 909-0888.
If you’re staying in Quezon City and don’t want to be too far away from home, you can still surely fill your festivities with flair at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, which is offering a variety of room packages for the season: Holiday No-Frills Room Packages, which are valid until December 30, 2013, with rates starting at Php5,000nett for a Superior Room which includes hearty buffet breakfast for two adults and two children aged 5 and below; Christmas Holiday Packages, valid on December 24 and 25, 2013, in a well-appointed guest room, plus Christmas Eve Dinner or Christmas Day Lunch buffet, breakfast at Eastwood Café for two adults and two children aged 5 and below, for rates starting at Php7,710nett; New Year’s Eve Countdown Packages, with rates starting at Php10,200nett, inclusive of two tickets to the New Year’s Eve Countdown Party at The Gallery and buffet brunch for two adults and two children aged 5 and below; and New Year’s Eve Countdown Bundle, which offers a two-night stay, either from December 30 to January 1 or December 31 to January 2, two tickets to the New Year’s Eve Countdown Party and daily buffet brunch for two for Php12,795nett.
Eastwood Café is also very much prepared to treat guests to a fat buffet spread for Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Lunch, Christmas Day Dinner, New Year’s Eve Dinner, New Year’s Day Champagne Brunch and New Year’s Day Dinner at Php1,590nett per person. What’s more: Kids aged 5 and below get to eat for free and those aged 6 to 12 get 50% discount.
But if all you want to do is just join the glam New Year’s Eve Countdown Party at The Gallery, you can greet 2014 with a rousing welcome, complete with lavish choices at the bar and buffet while chilling to the live music of Jo and the Holy Notes Band, and toast to the New Year with a glass of champagne when the clock strikes 12. Tickets to the Countdown Party are priced at Php1,080nett per person.
For inquiries and reservations, call 570-7777.
TIMELESS FILIPINO TRADITIONS
Pan de Manila captures timeless Filipino traditions in its paper bag and box packaging for this Christmas season, as it features the festive artwork done by 29-year-old artist Amador Barquilla, who is born in Polangui, Albay, but is now based in Siniloan, Laguna. His Bisperas ng Pasko, a 30×75-inch oil-on-canvas creation, which depicts street sceneries inspired by the Christmas celebrations in Albay and Laguna, grace the paper bags and boxes of Pan de Manila this season.
Pan de Manila also has a Christmas Gift Pack, which includes its specialty spreads and palamans in boxes and Pan de Manila’s famous hot pandesal in Barquilla’s festive paper bags for the season. These festive boxes are also being used to package Pan de Manila’s newest product, the Pan de Donut, which are doughnuts using pandesal dough.
Bromate- and transfat-free, Pan de Donut offers four exciting Filipino-inspired flavors: Chocnut, Polvoron, Ube and Pili. There are a total of 17 flavors, though, which are exclusively available at Pan de Manila’s Market Market Taguig branch.